Reed City splits with Lakeview in first baseball games of season


REED CITY — Reed City’s baseball team opened its season with a non-league doubleheader split with Lakeview on Monday.

The games were made up from a postponement last month.

Lakeview won the first game 3-0, while Reed City took the second 7-3.

The Coyotes were returning from spring break.

“The field was pretty wet in the beginning but dried out with the nice weather we had in the afternoon,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said.

Ray Phenix took the loss in the first game. He recorded eight strikeouts and allowed one earned run and four hits.

Reed City had hits from Alex Brummel and Taylor Pelton. Pelton also had a walk and two stolen bases.

In the second game, Logan Straub was the winning pitcher. He allowed one earned run, seven strikeouts and four hits.

Gabe Miller had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs, Cameron Connell had two hits while Brummel contributed two hits, and an RBI, Phenix delivered two hits and Pelton had two hits and two stolen bases.

“I was pretty happy with our effort,” Shaffer said. “We didn’t make any real errors. We had three the whole doubleheader. We had a good attitude. Everything worked out well. They really played hard. Putting in the hard work was rewarded.”

Reed City plays at Manton on Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the week,” Pelton said. “We’ve got seven more games this week.

After Manton, Reed City plays at Tri County on Friday and at the Morley Stanwood Invitational Saturday.

“We tried (to practice during the break) a little bit but it rained so much we only got out one day,” Shaffer said. “Wednesday, we got outside a little bit. We’re looking forward to having this week with nice weather and being able to work on some actual team stuff instead of fielding stuff inside the gym.”

Next week, the Coyotes are scheduled to be at White Cloud April 22 and home April 24 with Newaygo.

 Reed City softball

Reed City swept visiting Lakeview on Monday, winning 13-7 in the opener and 13-12 in the nightcap.

Olivia Lawson hit her first career home run to put the Coyotes up 12-4 in the fourth inning of Game 1.

Reed City, which starts the season 2-0, will play a doubleheader at Manton at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.